Time Changes Need Superheroes

Time Changes Need Superheroes

I’m not sure who came up with the whole time change idea, but I’d like to have a conversation with him (I’m sure it was a man). I’m not saying it’s bad altogether. I love having more sunlight in the afternoon. But whyyyyy Suuundaaaay??? (read in a groaning whiny voice)??? Why not Saturday!? (read in a cheerful uplifting sing-songy voice) Here’s my case for changing it from Sunday to Saturday: there’s no school Saturday. That’s it. Sure, you may be saying, there’s not school Sunday either. BUT there’s school Monday! Making time change on Saturday at 2am as opposed to Sunday at 2 am, will give our internal clocks 2 whole days to readjust. Mondays are bad enough already, right!? Anyway, if someone somewhere would like to do something with this, be my guest! I don’t need credit for the brilliancy of my idea. Here’s where the superheroes come in: I tried to soften the blow of this throw-off day by letting my kids wear superhero capes to Aldi. I think it actually made things worse. I think they thought they could defy gravity. The two oldest decided to climb up on the counter (where people bag their groceries and there are signs everywhere saying not to climb on the counter and my kids are NEVER allowed to climb up on ANY counter to begin with). Well, one didn’t make it and he came down on the top of his head. Literally the top. I’m still not sure how this happened. So every person in the check-out line, shook their head and made some comment. The entire group was...

Painting = a Good Morning

Today we started with painting. I’ve seen a lot of boredom and distraction in the kids attitude about school over the past few days. It may have something to do with being at the beach last week…just maybe. So I decided to go off script and let them paint the sun right after the Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer. It was a good move (read in pep talk voice). It still pertained to our lesson plan, so I felt good. They were excited to put on their little smocks and cover the table with our really gliterry plastic table cloth. Of course, when Declan got to go into the other room to watch Wildcrats and Mckenna had to stay to do school the distraction and disinterest returned. We read a few extra books from the library and that helped, too. I guess mama always said there’d be days like this. So, we marched through all our subjects and left a few things off our to do list. My to do list, however, actually got completed. It may be the first time ever! I think it was more about being less strict with my time and keeping my list realistic. At the end of the day, it felt so good to sit down to dinner that had been roasting in the crock pot all day. Gosh! I love crock pots. I hope everyone sleeps well tonight and doesn’t overload their to-do list for tomorrow. And maybe add something creative to the mix… like painting the sun. It’s good to start the day with something that draws out that passion from...
Lay Low Mondays

Lay Low Mondays

It has been my experience that Mondays are typically off. Throw in 3 kids 5 and under and get lots of whining, arguing and fit pitchin. I suspect the reason is a struggle with getting back into a routine after spending a couple days in utter chaos. Okay, I’m exaggerating, not chaos, more like willy nilly. If we are home, we try to stick to our normal routine on the weekends, but we allow the kids to play and well… be kids for most of the daytime hours. We also…(fingernail biting) let them stay up a little later (Sarcastic GASP!). I know, I know “we bring this on ourselves.” But where’s the fun in being a parent if we never have fun with our kids?  (Confession: I have to ask myself this question at least daily). So anyway, I decided that Mondays will be our lay low day from now until forever. I try to take a day of rest on Sunday (as much as possible at least) so Monday tends to be the day that we prepare for our week. We try to avoid going anywhere and just do laundry, clean, meal prep, and play. Of course we start with school and this is the first day of our second week of home school. It was bumpy, but we got through things. There were some frustrated tears shed by both big kids, but again, I was rewarded by McG’s progress. It’s so fun to see her light up when she “gets” something. After lunch, we tried playing a game of Trouble, but the idea of a fort lept...